October 7, 2019
How many things do you worry – er, think – about, each day? 25? 50? 99?
Here’s an opportunity to check at least one of those off your list. Read on…
Think back to when you were involved in the loan process for your home. Chances are good that at some point during those meetings, a smiling salesperson mentioned “mortgage protection”.
With so many other terms flying around during the conversation, like “PMI” and “APRs”, and so much money already committed to the mortgage itself – and the home insurance, and the new furniture you would need – you might have passed on mortgage protection.
You had (and hopefully still have) a steady job and a life insurance policy in place, so why would you need additional protection? What could go wrong?
Before we answer that, let’s clear up some confusion.
Mortgage Protection Insurance is not PMI
These two terms are often used interchangeably, but they are not the same thing.
Both Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) and Mortgage Protection are insurance, but they do different things. PMI is a requirement for certain loans because it protects the lender if your home is lost to foreclosure.
Essentially, with PMI you’re buying insurance for your lender if they determine your loan is more risky than average (for example, if you put less than 20% down on your home and your credit score is low).
Mortgage protection, on the other hand, is insurance for you and your family – not your lender.
There are several types of mortgage protection, but generally you can count on it to protect you in the following ways:
- Pay your mortgage if you lose your job
- Pay your mortgage if you become disabled
- Pay off your mortgage if you die
Say, That Sounds Like Life Insurance.
Not exactly. Mortgage protection actually can cover more situations than a life policy would cover. Life insurance won’t help if you lose your job and it won’t help if you become disabled. Mortgage protection bundles all these protections into one policy – so you don’t need multiple policies to cover all the problems that could make it difficult to pay your mortgage each month. (Hint: A life insurance policy would be a different part of your overall financial plan and often has its own separate goals.)
How Does Mortgage Protection Work?
A mortgage protection policy is usually a “guaranteed issue” policy, meaning that many of the roadblocks to purchasing a life insurance policy, such as health considerations and exams, wouldn’t be there.
If you lose your job or become disabled, your policy will pay your mortgage for a limited amount of time, giving you the opportunity to find work or to make a backup plan. Again, your house is saved, your family still has a roof over their heads, and you’re a hero for thinking ahead. Accidents happen and people lose their jobs every day. Mortgage protection is there to catch you if you fall.
One More Thing…
A mortgage protection policy is a term policy, so you don’t need to keep paying premiums after your house is paid off.
Now that you know a little bit more about mortgage protection policies, have those 99 worries ticked down to 98? Reaching out to me for guidance on your financial worries could help you make that number smaller and smaller… 97… 96… 95…